Voters in Senate District 42 will go to the polls today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to pick among three candidates hoping to succeed Robert Ford.

Ford, who had held the seat since 1992, resigned in May amid ethics problems, triggering this special election.

Democrat Marlon Kimpson, a Charleston lawyer, Republican Billy Shuman, a North Charleston real estate agent, and Libertarian Alex Thornton, a professional photographer, are seeking the seat.

Today’s weather forecast looks fine, with mild temperatures and clear skies, but turnout is still expected to be low, given the low-profile nature of the race. The candidates have not met face-to-face a single time, but instead have focused on revving up their bases.

The Senate district covers parts of West Ashley’s oldest neighborhoods and parts of peninsular Charleston and North Charleston. Those wondering if they are in the district may go to and click on the “Voters” and “Check your voter registration” tabs.

Today’s polling places are the same as those used for November’s general election. Polling places also may be found at

The state’s new Voter ID requirements will be in effect, so voters should bring either a driver’s license or ID card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles; a state voter registration card with a photo; a federal military ID, or a U.S. passport.

Those who do not have an ID may vote but first must sign a form stating why they could not get one.

Absentee ballots must arrive in the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration office by 7 p.m.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.